Calgary Alert

Calgary Alert
November 2008

Art and Fashion When fashion and art fuel each other’s fire the results are always sexy and memorable. The late New York artist Stephen Sprouse with designer Marc Jacobs shocked the luxury world by adding graffiti and leopard print to iconic Louis Vuitton handbags, paving the way for more artistic collaborations with this established design house, while architect Frank Gehry continues to add new dimensions to Tiffany’s jewellery collection. This month we too can witness some fantastic creations when fashion and art ignite. —Lincoln Phillip


MASTER PIECES To stylishly celebrate its grand opening, the Thompson Landry Gallery presents its raved roaming art show, Au Fil de l’Art, by Dominic Besner. The show consists of 23 mixed media works that create colourful dreamlike characters in extraordinary spaces. The Montreal-based artist’s distinctive style inspired fashion designers from Morocco, Montreal, Toronto and now Calgary to create garments based on their own interpretation of his paintings. On display until November 30th, catch our very own Shae Berry and Laura Presber’s additions to this expanding international body of work. 200-1213 1st street SW.


HAUTE CHOCOLAT Don’t you love it when design and decadence collide on the catwalk? Two great local masters – Chocolatier Bernard Callebault and designer Paul Hardy – teamed up to create a sinfully sweet gown for this year’s Salon du Chocolat, the Parisian fashion and tradeshow that highlights the latest trends in chocolate. Hardy’s confection was dyed and painted with different types of chocolate and incorporated raw elements such as cocoa beans and Callebaut’s signature copper-coloured packaging. The delicious debut marks one of many events for Callebaut’s 25th anniversary and you can marvel at the results when the dress makes its appearance at their flagship store (1313 1st Street SE) on November 20th.


CRAFTED TREASURES Located by the Sturgeon River in beautiful downtown St. Albert, Meese Clothing is becoming the go-to shop for great Canadian design. Housing over 40 Canadian labels, founders Evan Sterling and Tressa Heckbert believe in ethical labour that supports local and national talent. For the winter season, cosy into handcrafted treasures by Nokomis, Kitchen Orange, and Meese’s house label Sessa (pictured here), designed by Tressa herself! Sessa is also available at Shisomiso in Calgary.


WEARABLE ART Get ready for a night of fashionable moments at The Art Gallery of Calgary’s sixth annual fundraising fashion show, ARTWear 2008. The action begins with a VIP reception hosted by Dee Fontans and her talented Alberta College of Art and Design fibre art students. The night continues with a holiday fashion show hosted by stylist Lu Kapp featuring clothing from retailers such as Blu’s, Boutik, Henry, Paul Hardy, and Worth. Festivities take place November 13th at the Art Gallery of Calgary and the Hotel Arts, for ticket information visit,


TASTER’S CHOICE After taking in some art and culture it’s only natural to share our thoughts over a latté at one of Calgary’s newest coffee houses, deVille Luxury Coffee and Pasteries. Located in Art Central, deVille boasts little luxuries such as Intelligentsia coffee, espresso and tea, which buy only the best green coffee beans then roasts them daily in vintage German roasters. The pastries, desserts and snacks are created by the masters at Saint Germain restaurant, and the interiors are by some of the design industry’s finest such as mid-century Eames molded chairs, bright red Kartell FL/Y lamps and block printed Farrow & Ball 19th century designed wallpaper. Proving that you can’t mass market style and sophistication.


WIN A TRIP TO AUSTRALIA In celebration of Baz Luhrmann’s new movie, Australia, FLARE and Tourism Australia are sending one winner and a guest Down Under. Enter at starting November 17th! Contest closes January 11, 2009.